Having strengthened its foothold in engineering,
construction and the supply of heavy equipment,
the Group decided to provide an even more comprehensive
service to customers. In 1971, it acquired McAlister
and Company for its wide range of products such
as road sweepers, fire engines, pharmaceuticals,
heavy-duty kitchen equipment, and agencies for
life insurance and travel.
The Singapore head office in River Valley Road.
A new team of talents were then brought into
the Group with Mr Tang I-Fang assuming Chairmanship
in 1987. The Group raised its profile by focusing
on higher value-added projects and international
ventures. In 1988, the Group continued to grow
with the acquisition of the exclusive Asian licence
for ServiceMaster - a world-renowned brand name
in management support systems.
The Group saw strong growth in the 1990s. Its
engineering and construction divisions clinched
several large-scale, prestigious projects. It
also acquired an 85% stake in Greatearth Construction,
which later led to the winning of the project
to install a seawater cooling system for the Changi
In 1996, the Group hit double-digit growth in
turnover and profit, and continued to reinvent
and strengthen its businesses in the following
years. Today, the Group has repositioned itself, after having divested
its non-core businesses and streamlined its entire
operations. It continues to be a recognisable
brand name in the property and engineering sectors.
The Group has about 3,000 employees across 8 countries in Asia, United Kingdom and North America.